If you are accused of DUI here in Florida, among the things that can matter greatly is what BAC you were accused of having when you were behind the wheel. One thing that could be particularly impactful is whether your blood-alcohol concentration is alleged to have been at least 0.15.
Most people know that, here in Florida, being accused of having a BAC of 0.08 or more is one of the things that can expose a driver to DUI charges. But why is 0.15 also an important number when it comes to BAC?
It is because, under Florida law, DUI offenses involving a BAC at or above this level carry more severe potential penalties. Here are some of the things being accused of having a BAC of 0.15 or more in connection to alleged drunk driving could expose you to.
According to state law, DUI offenses involving a BAC at or above 0.15 carry a $1,000 to $2,000 fine for a first offense, and a $2,000 to $4,000 fine for a second offense. In both of these situations, the minimum possible fine is equal to what the maximum fine would be for a standard DUI offense below a 0.15 BAC.
For third offenses or greater, DUIs at or above a 0.15 BAC have a minimum fine of $4,000. This is double the minimum fine for fourth-time or greater standard DUIs below this BAC threshold.
A heftier jail sentence
For first and second offenses, the maximum time of imprisonment that can be given is higher for offenses at or above a 0.15 BAC. Specifically, the maximum is nine months for a first offense and 12 months for a second offense. In comparison, standard DUI offenses carry a maximum of six months for a first offense and nine months for a second.
Fighting charges of driving with a BAC at or above 0.15
If you are accused of driving with a BAC above this critical threshold, it can be important for you to understand what options you may have for fighting the allegations. What specific options you might have depends on the situation. There are various ways charges of this variety could potentially be challenged. In some instances, there may be grounds for contesting the accuracy of test results that showed a BAC of 0.15 or higher. In other instances, it may be possible to challenge evidence by showing that police acted improperly. And these are just a couple examples. So, what options might be open to you is among the things you’ll likely want to talk to a skilled defense attorney about if facing allegations like those mentioned here.